Fifty-six miles from Port Angeles, Forks is a gateway to the Hoh Rain Forest (31 miles away) and Kalaloch beaches (14 miles away), although some visitors may know it from the Twilight book series written by Stephenie Meyer. A series of vampire-themed fantasy romance novels, Twilight features the life of teen Bella Swan who moves to Forks, Wash., and falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. Published between 2005-08, the books have led to Forever Twilight in Forks, an annual celebration in September honoring Stephenie Meyer and all things related to Twilight.
Related story: Unusual Places to Stay on the Olympic Peninsula
Home to about 5,000 people, the Forks area is also home to the Forks Timber Museum that features pioneer exhibits, a fire lookout tower and a 9-foot-cook stove from a logging camp.
In the evening, join the tradition of watching the sunset at nearby Rialto Beach. Bring a picnic dinner to eat while lounging on the huge driftwood logs lining the beach.
For more information: